Notts County: Magpies record-breaking away run ends
NOTTS County's record-breaking unbeaten away run was ended today.
After being undefeated in 22 games, stretching all the way back to last February, the Magpies lost 2-1 at Leyton Orient in League One.
They conceded twice in four minutes in the second half, David Mooney and Mathieu Baudry scoring for the home side.
Jeff Hughes hit back for Notts, but it did not inspire a fightback.
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The Magpies were completely unchanged from their 1-0 midweek win against Oldham Athletic at Meadow Lane.
Striker Enoch Showunmi, who scored his first league goal for Notts against the Latics, partnered leading-scorer Yoann Arquin in attack and Alan Judge, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Hughes, captain Neal Bishop and Andre Boucaud were named in an attacking midfield.
Dean Leacock, Gary Liddle and Alan Sheehan started in defence, in front of goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Orient were first to threaten on three minutes.
Mooney beat Sheehan, swung a dangerous cross into the penalty area to Lee Cook and he volleyed wide of Bialkowski's left-hand post.
Notts hit back on six minutes.
Hughes skipped past Scott Cuthbert on the left wing and squared the ball to Judge, he rolled it across the edge of the box to Bishop and he drove a shot at goal that was blocked by Lloyd James.
Mooney then wasted a good chance to put the home side ahead on eight minutes, slicing a shot wide from inside the box, and Bialkowski was hurt in a challenge with Charlie MacDonald soon after.
The two went in for a 50-50 ball inside the penalty area, but the Magpies' No.1 ended up with a head injury and MacDonald was booked.
Bialkowski had his head bandaged during lengthy treatment on the pitch, but looked very shaky when he stood back up so was carried off on a stretcher and replaced by rookie goalkeeper Fabian Spiess.
It took Notts time to get back into their stride after the blow of losing Bialkowski, though Bishop got forward well on 25 minutes and drove a low cross into the six-yard box that was hacked clear and Sheehan rifled wide from 30 yards on 31 minutes.
Spiess was then called into action for the first time – and he did well, confidently parrying away a powerful effort from Cook.
Sheehan then caused havoc with two free-kicks.
Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones clawed the first one away under pressure from Hughes on 39 minutes and a minute later the Notts left-back lifted the ball into the box again and it fell to Campbell-Ryce, but he blazed a shot high over the crossbar.
There were eight minutes of injury time at the end of the first half because of Bialkowski's injury and Arquin went close to breaking the deadlock in the second minute of it, crashing a header against the bar from eight yards from a right-wing cross into the box by Campbell-Ryce.
Showunmi then almost put Notts ahead, pouncing on the ball inside the six-yard box at a corner and heading it at goal, but James headed it off the line.
The first chance of the second half also fell to the Magpies' No.9.
Campbell-Ryce made it with a good cross into the box from the right wing, but Showunmi headed over the bar.
Spiess then made two great saves to deny the home side.
The first of them was on 56 minutes as midfielder Martin Rowlands fired in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area that took a wicked deflection and fell to Baudry.
He flicked the ball at goal from close-range, but Spiess leapt to his left and somehow clawed it away.
The second save was just two minutes later, as Mooney was put through into the box and attempted to steer a low shot into the bottom-right corner of the net.
Racing off his line, Spiess saved with his legs to keep Notts level.
He was soon beaten, however, as Orient took the lead on 65 minutes, Mooney scoring from close range after Cook had fired a shot against the bar.
The Magpies went 2-0 down three minutes later.
They were undone from a corner as Cook swung the ball into the box and Baudry steered it into the net from six yards.
There was then another long stoppage because ref Lee Collins suffered an injury and had to be replaced.
When the game restarted Notts pulled a goal back on 78 minutes, Hughes stroking a shot past Jones from inside the box
Hughes then headed wide in the closing minutes as the Magpies pushed for a late equaliser.
Spiess also made another couple of good saves to stop Orient killing the game off.
There were six minutes of injury time at the end and Notts kept going, but could not rescue a draw.
ORIENT: Jones, Cuthbert, Chorley, Baudry, Sawyer, Odubajo, Rowlands (Smith, 93), James, Cook (Cox, 85), MacDonald, Mooney. Subs: Griffith, Symes, Grainger, Obafemi, Omozusi.
NOTTS: Bialkowski (Spiess, 18), Liddle, Leacock, Sheehan, Bishop, Boucaud, Campbell-Ryce, Hughes, Judge (Bencherif, 88), Arquin (Nangle, 69), Showunmi. Subs: Kelly, Smith, Mahon, Labadie.
ATTENDANCE: 3,578 (446 away).